February 14, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Driving on icy roads is especially dangerous for large trucks
For the millions of drivers across the U.S., sharing the roads with big rigs is just a way of life. We need large trucks to transport our goods from state to state, and the trucking industry helps to boost our economy. The vast majority of truck drivers are professionals, who have been specially trained in the safe operation of their large vehicles. Still, trucking accidents
happen on a regular basis throughout the country, whether they were a result of road and weather conditions or driver error.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety reported a whopping 20,927 truck crashes in our state in 2012. Out of these, many were fatal, and many more resulted in injuries. Being involved in a truck accident can be extremely dangerous, since the size alone of a big rig often results in the occupants of smaller cars being seriously injured.
Speed and weather may have contributed to two recent truck crashes
In late December, two accidents in the same area of Interstate 90 in Concord Township involved semi trucks on the same day - one with three big rigs and two vehicles, and the other with a semi that jackknifed, reported Cleveland.com. Authorities said they believed speed was a contributing factor to the crashes. Eight people went to the hospital with minor injuries. In any accident caused by a semi truck, the people who were injured may have the right to be compensated for their injuries, if the trucker was found to be at fault.
Winter weather is just one of the many dangers those sharing the road with trucks face. Other common crash factors
, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, include:
-Negligence - texting and driving, eating while driving.
-Driver fatigue - not enough sleep or medication that causes drowsiness.
-Drinking and driving.
-Cargo shifting or vehicle repair problems.
-Speeding or aggressive driving.
Truck drivers are human just like the rest of us, and can make mistakes or even choose to drive unsafely. According to Road Safe America, some tips that can help the occupants of smaller vehicles share the road safely with trucks include passing them respectfully, driving courteously, avoiding driving in a truck's blind spots, giving a truck extra following distance and realizing that trucks require more space and time to slow down.
How an attorney can help
This winter season, more people can stay safe on city roads and highways by driving more slowly and carefully when conditions are icy and foggy. Still, accidents can happen in the best of conditions. If a truck driver caused an accident in icy weather, it's possible law enforcement could cite him or her for driving too fast for conditions or otherwise driving carelessly. If you've been injured in a trucking accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to find out if you qualify for the compensation of your medical expenses.
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